John Lee Orr

John Lee OrrJohn Lee Orr of Ridgecrest died June 3, 2019, at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. He was 78.

He was born Dec. 7, 1940, in Okmulgee, Okla. He served in the U.S. Army, and before retirement was employed as a painter-artist at China Lake.

Johnny was one of the founding members of the Dust Devils Racing Club. He participated in many car shows, winning several trophies for his canary yellow 1969 van. He created abstract artwork and participated in the Maturango Museum’s Open Studio Tour. He loved to fish, and it was said he could catch a fish in a bucket of water. He also enjoyed gardening and could grow anything.

He is survived by his daughters, Penny Talley (John) of Ridgecrest and Jessica Smith (Randy) of Las Vegas, Nev.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Iva Orr, and grandson, Jacob Weisbrich

A celebration of his life will be held today, Friday, June 14, 1 p.m., at Five Fingers Pub.

— Submitted by the family of John Orr

Story First Published: 2019-06-14